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Old Sep 20, 2004, 8:07 AM   #1
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 9:16 AM   #2
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you definitely know your birds! isnt "bahamut" a monster fish of some sort?
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 10:32 AM   #3
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Hi pavaros

Identifying the larger birds are easy but I'm still having a lot of trouble when it comes to the smaller lbj's (little brown jobs) that frequent our bush veld and savannas. Having a decent bird book also helps. I findRobert's Birds of Southern Africa most useful for my are of the world.

Bahamutis aplatinum dragon, father of all dragons and king of all good dragons.
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 10:35 AM   #4
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While on the subject. What bird field guides do you prefer in other parts of the world? Will be in the US at the end of the year and thinking of getting a field guide while I'm there.
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 12:08 PM   #5
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Gorgeous bird, great shot.....
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 12:59 PM   #6
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Nice shot, a bit over-exposed, IMHO.
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 1:02 PM   #7
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The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic is a good book for Europe, for North America i dont really know,but from what i hear the Sibley Guide to Birds is a great book.
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Beautiful shot, well composed and well executed.



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Old Sep 21, 2004, 4:49 AM   #9
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I certainly don't want to cause another battle here, but this bird is a Snowy Egret. Great Egrets have yellow beaks, and are a good bit larger. Had this bird been out of the water and the feet visible You would see that they are bright yellow. It is easy to call one wrong, the differences are often minor. This is a nice shot, I think You can get more of the subtle details by using lower ISO and slower shutter speeds, but if You are shooting handheld a bit of compromise is called for.

I got jumped on so hard the last time I tried to discuss Herons and Egrets here that I am hesitant to try again, I don't comment to make anyone feel bad. I always appreciate when someone points out a miscall I make, and I have sure made My share. Please accept these comments in the way they are intended.
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Old Sep 21, 2004, 4:59 AM   #10
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Dont be hesitant!say what you like. thats why forums exist to voice our opinions. I dont think it is offending to discuss names of birds...
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